NBC has entered into an exclusive agreement with Donald Trump to become equal partners in the Miss Universe franchise. As part of the agreement, NBC and Telemundo (including Puerto Rico) will become the U.S. broadcasters of the MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA®, and MISS TEEN USA®, competitions for five years beginning in 2003.
"This is a great opportunity for us," said Donald Trump. "The deal matches the No. 1 television network with the No. 1 global pageant organization, which is sure to be a winning combination."